Press release: The force of the volcanic eruption under the Eyjafjallajökull glacier appears to be steady, although last night and this morning there has been explosive activity that is associated with volcanic ash fall.
The extent of the ash fall in the immediate vicinity of the glacier is being investigated. Samples have been collected and have been sent for examination. Preliminary findings indicate that the area around the glacier and Myrdalsandur, to the east, have been affected. The volcanic ash has fallen to ground unevenly and sporadically, in some places in a layer up to 3 mm thick. Inhabitants of the area describe the ash as being black to grey in colour and very fine, similar to flour or sugar grains. Volcanic ash fall has also seriously restricted ground visibility in some areas. Scientists do not discount the risk of further volcanic activity and associated risk of flooding. The flow of water into the glacial lagoon is being closely monitored. Local weather conditions: the glacier is covered with clouds which makes observation from the ground difficult.
The Police have restricted travel on roads into Vík and Myrdalsandur in the west, and to Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the east. Repair work continues on the bridges in Markarfljót. Those travelling by road in the south of Iceland are requested to drive with caution.
International weather observatories in co-operation with the Icelandic Met Office are monitoring the weather conditions and the projected path of the volcanic ash cloud, which in the present conditions is being carried towards Europe and Scandinavia. Air travel restrictions have been implemented in several European countries.